Double-phase Tc-99m Sestamibi Scintimammography To Assess Angiogenesis and P-glycoprotein Expression in Patients With Untreated Breast Cancer

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This study evaluated the relation of Tc-99m sestamibi (MIBI) uptake and washout in untreated breast cancer with immunohistochemically determined angiogenesis and P-glycoprotein expression. Thirty-one patients with untreated breast cancer were studied prospectively. Tc-99m MIBI scintigraphy and immunohistochemical analyses of angiogenesis and P-glycoprotein expression were used to evaluate surgically removed tumor tissues. Anterior and both lateral planar images were acquired 10 and 180 minutes after intravenous injection of 740 MBq (20 mCi) Tc-99m MIBI. The tumor-to-normal breast ratio (T:N) and washout index (early T:N - late T:N divided by early T:N) were calculated. A significant correlation was found between angiogenesis and T:N at early and late images. Pearson's correlation coefficients and probability values were r = 0.54, P = 0.002 at early images and r = 0.47, P = 0.008 at late images. The T:N of both early and late images were not different among different groups of P-glycoprotein expression (P = 0.367 and P = 0.113, respectively), although the washout index was significantly different among the groups (P = 0.001). A strong correlation was found between the washout index and P-glycoprotein expression (r = 0.67, P < 0.01). Double-phase scintimammography to assess the early tumoral uptake and washout of Tc-99m MIBI can be used as a simple functional test for in vivo imaging of tumoral angiogenesis and P-glycoprotein expression in patients with untreated breast cancer.

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